The NFL plans to review video of an incident involving Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler Jr., which shows the former Florida star watching an altercation between two women.
"These are disturbing images, and we will review the matter," the NFL said, per TMZ's Mike Babcock.
In a surveillance video obtained by TMZ Sports, Fowler appears to be speaking to a woman before a fight breaks out between her and another woman. TMZ reported the two parties are Fowler's girlfriend and the mother of his child.
While Fowler is not shown being violent with the women, the video depicts him as an instigator. Rather than trying to stop the altercation, he makes a gesture with his left arm, and the women begin fighting as Fowler steps away. The two throw multiple punches as Fowler looks on closely. He eventually pulls them apart, but it's unclear based on the still images how long the fight lasted.
"I am embarrassed and have apologized for my actions for everyone involved," Fowler said in a statement, per Ryan Day of SB Nation's Big Cat Country. "As a family, we have been dealing with this moment and the conflict that led to it since this occurred. The video surfacing is a sad reminder that emotions got the best of all of us. I take 100 percent responsibility for everything that happened."
The Jaguars have also released a statement saying Fowler was forthcoming about the incident.
"Dante brought the incident to our attention prior to the video being released and was embarrassed and remorseful," the statement read, per Day. "Violence of this type against others is unacceptable in our society and to our organization. We will continue to look into the incident while offering resources and providing support to Dante and his family to help them through this private matter."
Fowler, the No. 3 overall pick in 2015, missed his entire rookie season with a torn ACL. He is expected to be fully healthy in plenty of time for the 2016 campaign, where Jacksonville hopes he can improve its anemic pass rush. The Jaguars tied for 20th in the NFL with 36 sacks and allowed opposing quarterbacks to have a 97.2 rating.
This incident is at the very least a distraction and could wind up having on-field implications if the league decides to impose discipline. No charges have been filed against either woman, and the police weren't called at the time.
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